Monday, July 10, 2023

Denmark’s Rasmus Højgaard came through a thrilling six-hole playoff to claim the title at his home Open, the Made in HimmerLand and become the tournament’s first Danish winner. 

Having started the day seven shots behind, Rasmus shot a final round of 64 (-6) to finish on -13 and waited in the clubhouse while the last few groups behind him finished. 

“This is better than I could ever dream of”, said the young Dane. “We’ve wanted a Danish winner for so long now, so to be the first one to do it is amazing. I’m speechless at the moment”.

It was Rasmus’ fourth DP World Tour title and he holds on to his perfect record in play-offs, having won the 2019 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and the 2020 ISPS HANDA UK Championship in the same fashion. 

Making birdies on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th holes, Højgaard gathered pace on the leaders and made three more gains on the back nine, including holing a twenty foot birdie putt on the last. 

A bogey from Nacho Elvira on his final hole brought him back to -13, sending the tournament to a play-off. 

A fantastic up-and-down from Rasmus on the first play-off hole, was matched with a par also from Elvira. 

It was pars again at the second extra hole and a pin high approach from Højgaard on the third play-off hole gave him a putt for the title which he narrowly missed, with two more pars following at the fourth and fifth. 

At the sixth and final extra hole, a wide second shot from Elvira resulted in Rasmus two-putting for victory, which lifted him up to 12th on the Race to Dubai rankings and made him the home hero

We are so proud of you, Rasmus!